Divya Deshmukh Biography, Chess Career, Early Life and more!

Divya Deshmukh is a rising name in the Indian chess landscape. She comes from the western region of India, Maharashtra. Since childhood, she has begun her journey in the realm of chess. Since then she has grabbed many awards and titles. Her journey inspires many, so today, let’s know her and get inspired by her journey.

Divya Deshmukh Biography 

She was born on 9 December 2005 in Nagpur in the Deshmukh family. She comes from a family of doctors, both her parents are doctors. She has been brought up in a well-accomplished family; her father is a well-known gynecologist and professor in a government institution. 

Her father is also the head of the same Government Medical College, Godia where he holds the place of professor. Her mother is a gynecologist as well and her whole family is behind shaping the way she is today.

Full Name  Divya Deshmukh
D.O.B 9 December, 2005
Age  18 years
Place of Birth Nagpur, Maharashtra
Hometown Nagpur
Father’s Name  Dr. Jitendra Deshmukh
Father’s Profession Gynecologist
Mother’s Name  Arya Deshmukh
Mother’s Profession Gynecologist
Sibling  Elder sister Arya Deshmukh
Nationality Indian
School Bhavan’s Bhagwandas Purohit Vidya Mandir, Nagpur

Early Life of Divya Deshmukh

As we mentioned earlier, she has been introduced to chess at an early age. Her father was the first one to get her familiar with the chessboard as he used to play chess. We can say he was her first chess opponent.

Her sister used to go to the badminton academy and she used to accompany her at the age of 5 and join the chess class as she couldn’t reach the nets. In the early days, her mother mentioned she just used to stare at the chessboard but soon it got her interest and she started enjoying it.  

With time her interest grew and she at the mere age of five was able to understand the game of chess. And soon her parents acknowledged that she could do better in this field. 

It has proven right as she has won many tournaments from her childhood. And now, she is one of the top Indian female Blitz Chess Players. 

Divya Deshmukh’s Chess Career

Talking about her career, she has been spectacular in her career. At age 5, she started winning many trophies, and medals in chess olympiads. She won her first national award in the Under-7 category in 2012. 

The same year, she bagged two gold medals in the Under-9 category in the Asian School Chess Championship held in New Delhi. Since then, she has not stopped almost at every possible chess tournament she has left her mark and shone brightly.

In 2013, she won 2 gold medals at the Asian Youth Chess Championship in the Under-8 girls category. The same year, she again got the title of National champion in the Under-8 Girls category. 

She has brought many medals for India on International platforms. She was a part of the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad 2020 team that won first place in the tournament. She played five games and won two games, lost two games, and one was a draw due to a server problem. It was India’s first-ever Gold at the Chess Olympiad. 

Later in 2021, she became India’s 21st Woman Grandmaster. She has won the Asian Women’s Chess Championship. And recently, in Almaty, she won the women’s rapid section of the TATA Steel India Chess Championship.

Divya Deshmukh Career Highlights

  • She holds the title of Women Grandmaster, 2022. 
  • She has two IMs to date.
  • Her FIDE ratings are standard- 2420, rapid 2401, and blitz 2353.
  • Her world ranking: 2312 (all players); 1514 (active players)
  • National ranking: 95 (all players); 84 (active players)
  • Continental Asian ranking: 626 (all players);316(active players)
  • FIDE title: International Master Woman Grandmaster.
Year Title
2012 Asian School Chess Championship ( two medals)
2012 National Championship
2013 Asian Youth Chess Championship
2013 National Championship, Chennai
2014 World Under 10 Girls Chess Championship
2014 Asian Youth Chess Championship
2015 Commonwealth games
2016 Asian Youth Chess Championship
2017 World Cadets Chess Championship in Pocos de Caldas
2017 Asian Youth Championship, Brazil
2019 Commonwealth games
2020 FIDE online Chess Olympiad

In her career, she has earned quite a name not only in India’s chess diaspora but also internationally she has made her name. It’s nice to see such a young player taking India forward in the field of chess.

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